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of infections and deaths from the flu strain continues to grow. now, india is reporting its first h1n1-related deaths. the country of more than 1 billion people is steering -- fearing a possible surge in cases with its normal full season are arriving at the same time as asian monsoon season. >> in india, people offering prayer is, holding a fire ritual, asking for protection against the worldwide pandemic. this young boy says, "we want to eradicate this one slip from our country. we praise the almighty that no child or human gets affected by the swine flu." panic is spreading, too. those call center is you get when you fill your bank could be affected. contingency plans are being put in place in the event h1n1 cripple's back offices. india's most famous industry -- bollywood -- has already been hit. two movies have had to postpone shoots. the who nasa's ever caught in has reported cases of h1n1. the most recent report reports of a 10,000 deaths in the period over 98,000 cases in the americas. the who estimates that h1n1 could eventually affect 2 billion people across the globe. they say it is
april. today, authorities in india confirm that the nation's first h1n1 death has now occurred. here in the u.s., health officials are scrambling to put the brakes on the spread of the virus. steve harrigan is working our miami newsroom tonight and has the latest on the fight on this h1n1 strike. steve? >> shepard, right here in florida, there are 3,000 cases of the h1n1 virus across the state. 30 deaths. but if you do believe pandemic predictions coming out of the state, that number could rise as high as 5 million cases over the next two years. if it does reach that worst case scenario, it could really cripple the public labor force here. >> you could see over a quarter of the population absent from work on any given day of a wave of a pandemic. we don't know if this virus is going to be better or worse than it was in the spring and summer. we know this virus really hasn't gone away yet in this country. >> one more concern a new wave of the virus could hit later during hurricane season. reducing the number of first responders and landing a double whammy on the state's tourism indust
in the middle of an unstable region. it is surrounded by iran and afghanistan and its rival, india. there are questions about who this new leader is. >> that's right, there are more than one dozen taliban factions in pakistan. one of them is this man. he was supposed to share power with another taliban faction leader. we understand from western and pakistani intelligence officials that he might have been killed by his rival. right now, western intelligence officials are trying to exploit the division in the taliban. >shepard: we are reporting that he wants to have some high- profile attacks. do we have any idea what or where? >> he has made a statement in recent days to say that president obama is their number one enemy. high-profile attacks like the marriott bombing, he is threatening attacks like this according to western intelligence officials. he wants to rally his followers. shepard: jennifer, thank you. the government reports that the cash for clunkers program generated nearly 700,000 car sales. the program offered rebates of up to $4,500 for consumers that traded in gas guzz
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